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Download Free Rick and Morty STL Files from Humble Bundle

Download Free Rick and Morty STL Files from Humble Bundle
By Matthew Mensley

Rick and Morty

For a limited time, you can brighten your home with your own 3D printed Mr. Poopy Butthole and Plumbus models, for free (if you’re stingy), from the philanthropic game store.

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Blipz and Chitz it ain’t, but it’s a start. Popular charitable digital game storefront Humble Bundle is offering — alongside a host of Adult Swim Games’ titles — a Mr. Poopy Butthole and Plumbus digital models.

To those unfamiliar with the format, Humble Bundle works with a variety of the gaming world’s biggest (and smallest, and most creative) fish to offer up bundles of game titles to download. And you only pay what you want for them.

It’s a novel system that highlights that generally as a mass entity, we are generous beasts. In fact, at the time of writing the total payments for this bundle alone stands at 162,539 USD.

And of what you do pay, you can choose how it’s split up between the store, the creators of the games and chosen charities.

Each week or so, a new bundle appears for a limited time. This Adult Swim Games bundle runs until June 13. Occasionally freebies associated with the game content are thrown in, and boy oh boy is it a fun one this time.

3D Print Your Own Rick and Morty Stuff — Oooh-wee!

To the uninitiated — if the above clip didn’t fill you in — Rick and Morty is a strange show. Filled with strange characters and in part improvised, it’s a fun ride and one that has grown a dedicated fanbase.

Anyone paying what they want for the bundle of games on Humble Bundle is emailed a download link to three models of things from the show. Even the miserly sum of zero dollars get you the STL files (but not the games).

In addition to two models of the affable Mr. Poopy Butthole (in normal and injured states), you also get a model of a Plumbus, the show’s all-purpose household object that’s so well known that explanation of its purpose isn’t necessary (and therefore, ever elusive).

Such is the popularity of the show, there’s a rich offering of Rick and Morty props and characters to be found on Thingiverse.

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer but want to add a little Mr. Poopy Butthole sunshine to your life, check out our 3D printing price comparison service.

Or maybe you’ve successfully brightened your home with a self-printed Plumbus? Let us know in the comments below!


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Image: Thingiverse // toms3dp (Thomas Sanladerer)

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May 31, 2017 at 08:55PM
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5 Best Fidget Spinner Tricks Tutorial Videos on YouTube

5 Best Fidget Spinner Tricks Tutorial Videos on YouTube
By Dibya Chakravorty

Looking for cool fidget spinner tricks to impress your teacher? Here are the 5 best fidget spinner tricks tutorial videos.

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May 31, 2017 at 06:59PM
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NASA is 3D Printing Radiation Shields for Expandable Habitats

NASA is 3D Printing Radiation Shields for Expandable Habitats
By Bulent Yusuf


NASA is 3D printing radiation shields on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, an experimental habitat on the International Space Station.

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NASA has been 3D printing radiation shields using the Additive Manufacturing Facility provided by Made in Space.

The radiation shields cover one of two Radiation Environment Monitors inside NASA’s Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), an expandable habitat technology demonstration which began last year on the International Space Station (ISS).

This week NASA shared an update on the BEAM reaching the halfway point of its planned two-year demo, and it outlined how members of the ISS crew had printed a radiation a shield.

The first shield was printed in April 2017 at 1.1mm thick. Over the coming months this shield will be replaced by two thicker shields. This will determine whether the safeguards work effectively to block radiation. The first will measure around 3.3mm, and the second 10mm.


NASA has Learned Much about Expandable Habitats

First sent into orbit in March 2016, the Additive Manufacturing Facility is now a permanent fixture aboard the ISS. Made In Space owns the 3D printing platform, while NASA and other commercial partners use it as a service.

Over the past 15 months, the Additive Manufacturing Facility has produced a number of complex parts, tools and devices for use on the ISS. The radiation shields are but the latest in a growing list of applications.

The goal with BEAM is to decrease the amount of transport volume for future space missions. Requiring minimal payload volume on a rocket, the habitat expands after deployment in space. This potentially provides a comfortable area for astronauts to live and work. In addition, BEAM provides some protection from solar and cosmic radiation, space debris, and other elements.

This week’s BEAM update highlighted how soft materials can perform just as well as rigid materials for habitation volumes in space. Back on Earth, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, have been analyzing data from internal sensors, designed to monitor and locate external impacts of orbital debris.

So far they have recorded a handful of micrometeoroid debris impacts. Regardless, BEAM has also performed as expected, preventing debris penetration with multiple outer protective layers.


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May 31, 2017 at 04:57PM
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20 Stylish 3D Printed Lamp Shades to DIY

20 Stylish 3D Printed Lamp Shades to DIY
By Bulent Yusuf

3d printed lamp

You know what 3D printing is really good for? 3d printed lamp shades, that’s what. Here’s a selection of free & premium lamps to DIY.

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May 28, 2017 at 10:00AM
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High School Students Make Robot Subs with 3D Printing

High School Students Make Robot Subs with 3D Printing
By Bulent Yusuf

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The robotics team at Carl Hayden High School — otherwise known as Falcon Robotics — are using 3D printing to make super awesome robot subs.

Falcon Robotics is a high school robotics team of 9th-12th grade students in Phoenix, Arizona. Led by coach Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi (Lah-jeh-var-dee), a Marine Science teacher at Carl Hayden High School, they were an overnight sensation in 2004 when they competed as underdogs against high schools and universities to win a national championship.

Now 13 years later, Falcon Robotics is a titan incumbent in the FIRST Robotics series, testing their mettle in robotic submarine competitions like RoboSub (sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and AUVSI). According to Coach Fredi:

“Falcon Robotics works sort of like a small company. Different teams collaborate to design things like navigation software or propulsion systems, solving smaller problems, then fit them together to solve the broader challenges set out by the competition.”

The club has a computer lab and a makerspace that boasts a CNC machine and three desktop MakerBot 3D printers. Each year, they iterate on their HABOOB (Arabic for sandstorm) robo sub. They’re continually improving its ability to perform different autonomous, underwater tasks.

Robot Subs take a Deep Dive with 3D Printing

The HABOOB is a vehicle for various learning styles and STEM objectives. Designing an effective torpedo launcher, for example, ticks a lot of boxes. There’s CAD involved in designing a torpedo, and physics in figuring out its center of gravity and buoyancy.

Initially, Falcon Robotics’s torpedoes had poor balance. They also suffered from bad hydrodynamics and an unreliable launching mechanism. But thanks to 3D printing, they were able to test and refine designs in only a week, solving a challenge that would have otherwise taken more than a month.

Before Falcon Robotics had their own 3D printers, various robot parts were made from metal at a local machine shop. Alternatively, they were sent to a 3D printing service.

The parts did work, but outsourcing the creation of their designs wasn’t efficient enough for the students. And needless to say, the process was expensive and time-consuming.

After receiving their MakerBot printers, Falcon Robotics are now making parts in-house. Using 3D printing has speeded up the prototyping and design cycle considerably. Moving forward, the team have now fully adopted 3D printers into their workflow.

When Falcon Robotics enters next year’s robot subs challenge, they can 3D print new, tailored parts without a complete overhaul. From the internal lattices that organize the robot sub’s onboard electronics to the external pieces that support its battery and propulsion, the HABOOB is designed to be easily modified.

Source: MakerBot

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May 30, 2017 at 10:23PM
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3D Printing Architecture Models for Beginners: A Guide

3D Printing Architecture Models for Beginners: A Guide
By Max Gicklhorn

3D printing has become an interesting alternative when it comes to building architecture models. Learn how to easily 3D print architectural models.

Once you start designing in the digital domain, the benefits are pretty clear. You can alter your digital model, try out variations on the fly and visualize problems easily.

The following tutorial will guide you through the process of 3D printing architectural models. Without getting out your model-building material, you’ll be able to quickly visualize your idea. It will definitely be more laid back than building your model by hand. Please be advised, that 3D printing an architectural model takes on average around 3-9 hours. he most complicated part is to get the architectural models converted for 3D printing – but we got you covered here.

The beauty of 3D printing is: You don’t even have to own a 3D printer to get to a great architecture model – you can always resort to 3D printing services (get the best price here).

The most complicated part is to get the architectural models converted for 3D printing – but we got you covered here.

3D Printing Architecture Models #1: What the Result Looks Like

Whether it’s a chair or an enormous building complex, all architectural ideas are possible to print. As an example, we used a simple apartment building with a couple of indentations in order to show you the possibilities of 3D printing. Watch the video to see how the result of our 3D printed architectural model will look like.

3D Printing Architecture Models #2: Create your 3D Model

It really is up to you which programs you use to create your vision. For this tutorial, we have designed our 3D printable architecture model in SketchUp Make.

Before creating your model with Sketch-Up you’ll want to choose the template “3D Printing” (see above) in either inches or millimeters. That way you will have your basic scale set up. Don’t mind that the Makerbot 2 is pre-programmed in the template, you can use whatever printer you want.

Most of the architectural students already have some experience with Sketch-up or similar CAD software. If not, look at our quick tutorial on SketchUp.

Although you might be familiar with the software, there are some important things to watch out while creating your model:

Do not double your lines! Otherwise, the slicer (that’s the software that makes your file 3D printable) will not recognize your model as a volume.
Before you convert your model, delete the Makerbot Box around your planned model, so all you see is the model itself, as in the picture below.

3D Printing Architecture Models #3: Convert your 3D Model into a .dae File

We have converted our SketchUp 3D model into a .dae file by exporting it as a 3D model and saving it as COLLADA File (*.dae). You can achieve this by clicking on the file and choosing Export > 3D Model > Export.

3D Printing Architecture Models #4: Turn Your 3D Model into an STL File

The next step is to turn your 3D architectural model into an STL file, which is the right data for any 3D print job. To do this, please download Meshlab. It‘s open source system for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes.
It provides a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering, texturing and converting meshes – exactly what we need for our 3D printable architecture model.

Import your file into the software. Click on the file. Export Mesh as… -> Save as an STL File Format (*.stl). And we’re done here.

Now you can save your file and either go to one of the following stores around you or continue with your own printer. Save your file.

Now, there are two options for you to continue:

Print with a professional 3D printing service. All you need now is to upload your generated STL file to the service and choose the material. To get the best price available, go here.
Print your model by yourself – that‘s what we‘ll show you in the

If you already own a printer or have the possibility of using one, please continue with the following steps.

3D Printing Architecture Models #5: Prepare the 3D Printing Process

STL files are somewhat like a generic blueprint for every 3D model, not only 3D printable architecture models. Unfortunately, this means you have to prepare it for the 3D printer you want to use for the job. In order to get your architectural 3D model printed, you need another piece of software. Now you’ll want to install the free software Cura and start it up.

Cura is a great little program provided for free by 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker. It slices your STL file into many layers, so the printhead can follow the path laid out by the software. First, you will have to set up the printer profile and choose the data for the material you want to print your architectural 3D model with. For questions regarding Cura just a look at our quick guide here – it’s not very complicated.

After uploading or dragging your model into Cura it might appear as a very small dot on the simulated print bed. That’s not a problem at all. Simply select your tiny model and then press the feature scaling. You’ll need to experiment around, depending on how big you want your model to be.

3D Printing Architecture Models #6: Start 3D Printing

Simply select the printer you are going to use, by clicking in the right corner of Cura. In this case, we used an Ultimaker 2 Go to 3D print our architecture model. Get your printer ready and load it with the desired filament.

Now you’ll have some preparations to make before you start 3D printing yourarchitectural model:

Unless you know what you‘re printing with, prefer PLA to ABS – it‘s less complicated to print with.
To get good results, apply some glue stick on the print bed. Otherwise, the corners might be “warping”, which doesn’t look nice or professional.
Use a “raft”, if the first layers don‘t want to stick to the print bed.
You don’t need to fill your whole model with the material – an infill of 20 percent should be sufficient.
If you have any overhanging parts in your model, you will have to add supports. That means, lighter material will be printed under the model, since there is no way to print in thin air.

Now put an SD card into your computer and it will immediately show in Cura. Add your file to your Printer and start the printing process (see video below)

3D Printing Architecture Models #7: Remove the Supports

By using pliers or a knife, you can easily remove the support structures that were 3D printed. Just take a look at this before and after picture.

3D Printing Architecture Models #8: Enjoy your model!

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about 3D printable architecture models. If you have some comments, please feel free to add them below.

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May 30, 2017 at 08:59PM
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3D Printing for Space: ESA to Open “One-Stop Shop”

3D Printing for Space: ESA to Open “One-Stop Shop”
By Bulent Yusuf

ESA one-stop shop

ESA launches an Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Centre in the UK, a “one-stop shop” to explore 3D printing projects for space missions.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced a partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to create a “one-stop shop” for 3D printing for space.

The MTC research organisation will be managing the new ESA Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Centre (AMBC). The goal is to provide a simple and easy way for ESA projects to explore the potential of 3D printing. The MTC is located in Coventry and home to the UK National Centre for Additive Manufacturing,

According to Torben Henriksen, Head of ESA’s Mechanical Department:

“The ESA’s Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality has called for the creation of a detailed road-map for the harnessing of 3D printing to the space sector. We’ve been guided to set up this centre, with customers and industrial partners questioning us about the best way to try out 3D printing for the first time and test out the maturity of the results.”

The move sees ESA call on the expertise of the MTC, which offers access to cutting edge 3D printing technology. A variety of prototype parts will be produced and assessed in terms of their suitability for specific applications. Lightweight 3D printed metal parts, for example, can be produced more quickly and economically with fewer design limits.

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ESA and MTC Partnering on AMBC / One-Stop Shop

Dr Dave Brackett, technology manager for additive manufacturing at the MTC, reckons ESA’s involvement will be incredibly beneficial:

“This is a brilliant opportunity to further the technology in one of the most testing and dynamic application areas. As the UK National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, we are in a unique position to work with ESA as their Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Centre and provide the space sector with access to state-of-the-art capability and understanding to support industrial exploitation.”

The facility maintains a broad portfolio of materials, machines and post-processing options. This will enable the AMBC to print a variety of test hardware using polymers, metal and ceramic 3D printers.

Follow-up testing, including detailed failure investigations, will supply users with a fuller understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their chosen 3D printing method (along with advice on future improvements).

One of the first projects to make use of the Centre will be the Vega small rocket launcher. ESA will be using the AMBC to test 3D printed rocket engine thrust chambers for Vega’s upper stage. This will potentially lead to a major reduction in production times and costs.

Source: ESA

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May 30, 2017 at 06:57PM
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